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Rulani – What Safranko Brings To Downs

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena says that Slovakian international Pavol Safranko is a signing that shows the club’s intent for long term success.

Safranko was announced last week, as the club also unveiled Neo Maema, Divine Lunga and Grant Kekana.

iDiski Times broke the news of Safranko’s signing back in April, and Mokwena says that since signing the player four months ago, the parties have been in constant communication.

Mokwena explains the 26-year-old is at the right age for the club, as they look to ensure long-term sustained success.

“Safranko is somebody that again, also helps us with different aspects of our game,” Mokwena told the club’s media department.

“His age is something that is important for us because we’ve tried to to also improve the age and cut down the average age of our squad. And that is because we’ve got a long term goal that we’ve set, and the process also is trying to recruit players that are younger.

“And that matches a certain age category, because it’s very important that big teams have sustained success and succession plans and while you still have the core of the group, it’s important that you still are given possibilities to induct players of good quality, but also with a very good age range to be able to give the team long term success and sustained success.

“So Safranko brings not just that but he also brings the technical tactical qualities that we may not have had in our strikers, his ability to be a focal point, his ability to link up play in and around the box, particularly when we play against teams that reinforce the defense and reinforce the defense but give you possibilities to get to the feet of the striker, you need players that are able not just to assist you to get there, so that you can be in and around the box.

“Also what helps is also from an energy perspective, he brings the right energy, he’s coachable, he’s got the right attitude. And that is that is shown with the investment that he put in because when we signed Safranko four months ago, he already accepted that he’s got a responsibility to try to get himself and give himself an understanding of how we play and for four months Safranko has been watching Mamelodi Sundowns games and discussing with us how the team plays and giving his views.”

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